Transcript for Volcanic Ash Grounds Australian Flights
Overseas into Australia where planes have been grounded because of a volcanic eruption. The ash bill lowing miles in the air and seen thousands of miles away on the ground. Here's ABC tonight with the pictures. Reporter: It's a stunning sight. The massive ash cloud stretching over nine miles into the sky and wreeking havoc. From a plane you get a better sense of the size, reaching higher than the cloud tops. The sangeang APL volcano in southern Indonesia has erupted three times since Friday, the ash now reaching Bali and parts of Australia nearly 2,000 miles away. There's still a very large eruption ongoing. We can see a lot of lightning associated with that column, which is telling us it's very forceful. Reporter: That volcanic ash can damage a jet engine, and so flights have been grounded across the region. Take a look at this map from earlier today, not a plane in the sky. We looked at the screen and all of the monitors, cancelled, so complete shock. Reporter: In 2010, a volcano in Iceland stranded travelers around the world for weeks. The good news this time, there are fewer flights in that area. But if the eruption continues, that ash could spread causing even more chaos. ABC news, London.
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